Tyler Clementi Suicide Sparks Outreach From Celebs to Gay Teens

Julie Ryan Evans

Tyler ClementiTyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death last week. Today officials confirmed it was a suicide.

"Jumping off the gw bridge sorry," was the last message he posted on Facebook.

He posted it after learning that his roommate Dharun Ravi and another student, Molly Wei, recorded him having sex with a man and put the footage on the Internet.

His death is considered a hate crime by some and follows several other recent cases in which gay teens have committed suicide because of bullying

The cases have sparked anger and outrage on behalf of gay youth everywhere who are repeatedly targeted and tormented because of their sexual orientation, and several celebrities have spoken out, offering their own experiences and advice.

Darren Hayes, former singer for band Savage Garden, issued this message on YouTube earlier today titled "It gets better -- a message for gay youth."

In it, he discusses his own struggles as a gay teenager and how he was attacked as well. But he also offers a message of hope.

"It gets better. It gets so much better. It gets amazing.

"I know things are tough right now, but you must never give up. And you must never forget there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. And more importantly, that you are beautiful, you are perfect, just the way you are."

Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction this evening issued an open letter to gay, bi, and transgender teens via Perez Hilton.

"I know how overwhelming the feelings can get and how small the reality can feel, but the bottom line is that this is but a drop in the bucket in terms of the magnitude of life. You can get through this."

He offers advice for making it through the hard years of high school and talks about his own flirtations with suicide in the wake of his own personal tragedies.

"Of course the thought of suicide has crossed my mind a time or two," Navarro stated. "Let me share this. THANK GOD I never took that action. The friends I have made, the experiences I have had, the laughter I have shared would have all been missed. In hindsight, some of my darkest moments now seem so small and insignificant that I am amazed I gave them so much power at the time. I am even able to laugh about it now. When I think back to the times I have considered ending it all I end up saying to myself, 'What was I thinking?'"

Hopefully these messages -- or at least some message of hope somewhere -- will reach the gay youth everywhere who have received so many horrific messages from these tragic cases as of late.

What message would you send to gay youth?

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